Every year NECSS welcomes attendees from all over the world for a celebration of science and critical thinking. NECSS weekend activities include workshops, panel discussions, individual presentations, live podcasts, social gatherings, and live entertainment.
NECSS (pronounced “Nexus”), the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, is an annual gathering celebrating science, critical thinking, and the methods that have contributed to reaching our current place in history.
For the past seven years, thousands of people from all walks of life have gathered in New York City for four days of information and inspiration from leading scientists, educators, activists, and performers, all with the goal of fostering a more rational world. Attendees also enjoy hands-on workshops, skeptically themed performances, and nightly meetups, including a social mixer with the speakers.
Past presenters include Bill Nye, Lawrence Krauss, Leonoard Mlodinow, Richard Wiseman, James Randi, Susan Jacoby, Paul Offit, Phil Plait, Simon Singh, Michael Shermer, Kevin Folta, Yvette D'Entremont (“The SciBabe”), George Hrab, Eugenie C. Scott, Michael Mann, Cady Coleman, Joe Nickell, Massimo Pigliucci, Heather Berlin, Seth Shostak, Carl Zimmer, and many more.
Founded in 2009, NECSS is a nonprofit conference run by a staff of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Conference proceedings are also made available via the NECSS YouTube channel, and our affiliated podcasts; The Skeptics Guide to the Universe and Rationally Speaking.
Workshop 1A /Niki Athanasiadou / Thinking Like a (Data) Scientist / Room TBA
Workshop 1B /Steve Lundquist / If You Look Outside the Right Side of the Aircraft: Still Not a UFO / Room TBA
Workshop 2A /Steve Novella / How to Survive in an Alternative Fact, Fake News World / Room TBA
Workshop 2B /Brian Wecht/Jay Novella / The Art of Conversation / Room TBA
Workshop 3A /Spyrodon Condos/Yelena Bernadskaya / How to Argue with Yourself / Room TBA
Workshop 3B /Steve Novella / How to Survive in an Alternative Fact, Fake News World / Room TBA
Workshop 4A /Brian Wecht/Jay Novella/Steve Novella / The Best Moments in Sci-Fi Movie History / Room TBA
Workshop 4B /Robyn Stein DeLuca / Men Make War and Women Take Care? A Skeptical Look at Who Does the Fighting and Who Does the Helping / Room TBA
SGU Private Show /Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Evan Bernstein, Bob Novella, & Special Guest / Room TBA
Opening /Leighann Lord / Haft Auditorium
David Gorski /Whither the Antivaccine Movement in the Age of Trump / Haft Auditorium
Steve Novella /Neuroscience: Hype & Hope / Haft Auditorium
Brit Marie Hermes /The Naturopaths are Coming! The Naturopaths are Coming! / Haft Auditorium
Harriet Hall /Denialism in Medicine: Statin Denialists and Others / Haft Auditorium
Clay Jones /Folklore in Modern Pediatric Medicine / Haft Auditorium
Panel / Is Science-Based Medicine Successful? /David Gorski, Britt Marie Hermes, Clay Jones, Harriet Hall, & Steve Novella / Haft Auditorium
Panel / Science-Based Medicine Audience Q&A /David Gorski, Britt Marie Hermes, Clay Jones, Harriet Hall, & Steve Novella / Haft Auditorium
An Evening with James Randi /Magic, Illusion, and the Paranormal / Haft Auditorium
Opening /Leighann Lord / Haft Auditorium
Massimo Pigliucci /Skepticism and Epistemic Virtue / Haft Auditorium
Gavin Schmidt /Simulating Climate; Stimulating Thought / Haft Auditorium
Summer Ash /The Invisible Universe: See What Our Eyes Can’t / Haft Auditorium
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe Live /Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria, + Guest / Haft Auditorium
Panel TBD /Haft Auditorium
Mike Massimino (keynote) /Lessons from Space / Haft Auditorium
NECSS Social /All NECSS Attendees (please register in advance) / Location TBA
OpeningLeighann Lord / Haft Auditorium
Speaker TBD /Haft Auditorium
Rationally Speaking Live /Julia Galef + Guest / Haft Auditorium
Jay Novella /A Guide to Skeptical Parenting / Haft Auditorium
Panel / Journalism in the Age of Alternative Facts and Fake News /Nina Burleigh, Brooke Binkowski, Helaine Olen, John Rennie / Haft Auditorium
Panel TBD / Skeptic’s Roundtable: What’s Wrong with the World and How to Fix It /James Randi, George Hrab, Cara Santa Maria, & Steve Novella / Haft Auditorium
George Hrab /Secret Skeptics: Critical Thinkers Hidden in Popular Culture / Haft Auditorium
TBD /TBD / Haft Auditorium
Registration is available for single-day and 3-day passes. Workshops and ancillary events are add-on items to main conference registration. Members of NECSS sponsor organizations and students are eligible for discounted registration.
General Admission - 3 Day Pass
General Admission to all three days of the main conference programming
Main Conference - All 3 Days
Can register for Thursday workshops
Can register for Thursday SGU Private Show
Discount to Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``